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Back in my day we had to connect to a mainframe via terminal. Now they wanna bring it back? lol
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DVD players are being phased out. That one is obvious. I don't think the article mentioned blu-ray there, so I'm not sure why people are even bringing it up. That said, I would not replace BD for streaming.

As for alarm clocks, I use both. Sometimes I turn off my alarm clock and don't even remember doing it when I wake up. That's when my phone comes into play. It's the only reason I keep my old phone around after I replaced it.

I kind of wish the technology for cell phone cameras would hurry up already. Yes, there are 8MP cameras on some high end phones but the new phone I chose has 3MP and it's still not that great (though still way better than my old phone camera). Only reason I'm ranting though is because I don't have a camera since I would never use it enough to warrant paying for it. I guess with that said, it's not that big of a deal. Only reason I chose a less expensive feature phone is because I don't want to be forced to pay for a data plan just to use my phone.

While I can understand tablets being more convenient to carry around and use for basic tasks, they can never replace a laptop for work. I just can't see myself enjoying typing on something like that when working on a paper on Word or, hell, just in general. i don't mind it at all for texting on my phone, but for more serious applications, I don't think I'd like it. Also, until tablets can play PC games on at least medium (inb4canitplaycrysis), I think laptops are here to stay for the time being.

Wireless devices have been around for some time and while Nvidia is bringing out a wireless videocard, if it even catches on, it won't happen for a very long time. That's only one example of wireless technology that won't be replacing wires for a long time.

Hard drives will be replaced by solid state drives in the next couple of years, yeah. Maybe it will be a while before people use them for mass storage but for their main OS and subsequent files, yes. Once people experience SSDs, they don't want to go back. More and more will experience them and as time goes by, they will be cheaper and have higher the capacity. Current hard drives will be relegated to the secondary role for mass storage.

Oh wait, they were talking about Cloud? LOL:


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post #53 of 93
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I pretty much share the sentiment.
Same here. I don't see a lot of this stuff happening in a big way. No one is going to buy a $500 iPad as an alarm clock, when alarm clocks are like, $10. Besides, it has been proven that a $10 alarm clock is entirely more reliable than the crud that Apple has right now, where it seems to get confused for a few days every year.

"NetFlix" and things like that depend on unlimited, high speed internet that is not throttled or capped or packet inspected - something that has been hashed over in various threads.

Wireless peripherals are another thing. Some people like them, some people don't - but Corporates that buy most of the stuff will always go wired because it is harder to steal, and will always be cheaper.

Cloud Computing is here to stay - simply because it has been around longer and is more robust than non-Cloud computing. However, because of a lack of infrastructure - it will remain firmly a part of enterprise environments, where there are many cost benefits, and where they can afford the proper, high speed infrastructure. For home users, the benefit is specious at best - except perhaps for some light weight tasks that are only occasionally used (like Google Docs, where one could write letters without having to purchase a full Office suite at great cost) - or perhaps as a way of syncing a netbook/laptop from remote locations.

Cloud Computing will not replace hard drives - people still need mass storage, and the Internet as we have it is inadequate. Corporates can afford the proper infrastructure, and would like to phase out hard drives simply because they are a point of failure that drives IT costs. But then, they will have racks of servers and proper infrastructure (high speed fiber optic backbones, managed switches, enterprise grade servers) - while home users do not have such items, nor would they want to pay for them.

SSDs have some benefits, but are not good when subjected to constant write cycles, which is a limitation of NAND Flash itself. HDDs will still be used for bulk storage. No SSD can touch the ultimate storage of HHDs. I can see SSDs making inroads in certain niches: as high speed boot drives, as local storage in thin client devices, or in mobile applications. However, HDDs will still be on the desktop or in servers for bulk storage and scratchpad applications, and for database operations that would quickly clobber SSDs; while netbook and laptops would rely on HDD storage on cloud based server systems.

Costs will drive the situation, and though SSD prices have dropped, HDD prices have also dropped, as well as pushing the envelope of capacity, with single units now capable of 24TB of storage - storage that would require over 90 of the highest capacity SSD units currently available.
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SSDs have some benefits, but are not good when subjected to constant write cycles, which is a limitation of NAND Flash itself. HDDs will still be used for bulk storage. No SSD can touch the ultimate storage of HHDs. I can see SSDs making inroads in certain niches: as high speed boot drives, as local storage in thin client devices, or in mobile applications. However, HDDs will still be on the desktop or in servers for bulk storage and scratchpad applications, and for database operations that would quickly clobber SSDs; while netbook and laptops would rely on HDD storage on cloud based server systems.

Costs will drive the situation, and though SSD prices have dropped, HDD prices have also dropped, as well as pushing the envelope of capacity, with single units now capable of 24TB of storage - storage that would require over 90 of the highest capacity SSD units currently available.
The technology will only improve though and I remember reading that it would take about 10 years before a SSD would fail due to too many write cycles. Yes, a SSD can slow down after a number of write cycles, but that's what things like garbage collection and trim are for. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Once prices drop and more people adopt SSD, MLC will slowly disappear and SLC will take over, allowing an even better premium to come along, etc, etc. HDDs are the slowest part of the computer and are the most prone to failing. It's about time something better came along for consumers. As I said, it will be a long time before people use SSD simply for storage, but for their main partitions/OS, SSD is the way to go.
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i saw this article the other day or one very retardedly simular, i had to stop myself from sending a rage email to the author, which was some stupid chick of course.
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Okay, there's no way in hell DVDs/Blu-Rays will be replaced by netflix until 1. monthly data limits on ISPs are gone 2. network streaming becomes more reliable.
And I honestly hate the "cloud computing" idea.
Alarm clocks seem to make sense though.
Cellphone cameras could replace low-end point-and-shoot cameras but definitely not all of them.
I agree about the cloud computing. I don't like my data on a remote server where I can't keep it safe.

Also, wired devices will be preferred for a long time due to speeds.

Thirdly, iPad is not a laptop, its a tablet. HUGE DIFFERENCE. My phone has more power than it. Does that make my phone a laptop?
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post #57 of 93
Laptops aren't leaving anytime soon...

I can understand DVD's being completely replaced with streaming, and Alarm clocks being removed due to cell phone alarm clocks, but "Anything with Wires" and Hard Drives? No for awhile.
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keyboard/mouse wireless has too much delay and not reliable enough at times for major gaming
Have you ever owned a GOOD wireless keyboard/mouse? You obviously have not because I do heavy gaming on the regular with both wireless keyboard/mouse. You need to stop talking out of your ass if you do not have real world experience with the medium.
post #59 of 93
I can see alarms being replaced... Although, I still infinitely prefer waking up to the radio in the morning (107.3 WAAF plays great music when I'm home). I just have a cheap beeping alarm clock at school because I couldn't find an accurate one with a radio, and my phone charger can't reach from my bed to an outlet.

For point and shoot cameras, phones will never replace them, or at least not anywhere as soon as this article seems to be predicting. The 2 MP camera in my Palm Pixi has worse quality than either my old 2 MP Fuji 2650 (brand new back in like 2003 or 2004) or even my mom's old 2 MP Nikon Coolpix 800 (brand new in 1999). Heck those cameras are better than the cameras in my friends Blackberries and iPhones. The problem is that even with miniaturization, you can't shrink the electronics from a camera to the size needed for a phone and expect the same performance. The optics are even more of a challenge...
post #60 of 93
5. Anything Wired
Remember when your keyboard, computer mouse, and headphones all had to attach to something else in order to work? With more and more gadgets working via Bluetooth and WiFi, the age of wired devices is on its way out.


Sorry I'll stick to a superior medium of connection, we already know how bad USB is for audio, Bluetooth or WiFi audio? Derp. Same goes for everything else.


Cameras? Maybe if all you use it for is to take emo shots of yourself in the mirror. Until a Cellphone camera can take better pics then my 35mm Super I'll stick to Analog tech.
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